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Mercy Corps, a Portland, OR non-profit, helps “people in the world’s toughest places survive the crises they confront and turn them into opportunities to thrive.”


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I haven’t developed much of an opinion on the Syria situation yet, but I know that there are some things that everyone can agree on. One is that we need people looking out for the country’s children. More than a million kids have already fled the war, and there was a non-profit working to help them well before Syria became a staple of the evening news. It’s called Mercy Corps, and it’s a Portland, OR based organization that helps “people in the world’s toughest places survive the crises they confront and turn them into opportunities to thrive.” (Here’s what they’re doing in Syria.) They got their start in 1979 by raising $1 million to provide aid in Cambodia, and ever since they’ve been doing work all over the world.

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Mercy Corps is one of those non-profits that you can give money to confidently. They have a four-star Charity Navigator rating because 88% of their funds go directly to programming. You can see what the money is spent on by reading about Mercy Corps’ work. All of the work is done with three core beliefs in mind:

  1. Communities are the best agents of their own change.
  2. Local markets are the best engines of sustainable recovery.
  3. Success is built on the foundation of good governance.

One might think that a non-profit that has been around for nearly 35 years might get a little outdated in the way it works, but Mercy Corps has stayed focused on innovation over the years. If you’d like to help them keep innovating, take a look at Mercy Corps’ Careers page. Right now they have a few positions worth considering including Online Learning Coordinator and Assistant Program Officer – Innovation Investment Alliance and Japan. Take a look and see if either of the positions makes sense for you. There are also quite a few International opportunities to consider as well.

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